Take No Prisoners


I created The War on Bullshit while completing my PhD. It helped keep me sane during a horrible, frustrating experience. Bullshit is a ubiquitous social phenomenon that’s causing serious problems for humanity. Bullshit is not untruth but a message conveyed regardless of truth. It’s not that the bullshitter is necessarily trying to deceive but that he or she does not care about the truth. Graduate school is remarkably high in bullshit.

Now a professor – busy with other writing projects and much less frustrated – I don’t do much blogging anymore. Feel free to search or browse the archives. Here are some of my favourite posts:

Nine Reasons why Bad Grades Don’t Mean Squat

Why The World is So Screwed Up

Eight Mental Mistakes Preventing us from Building Good Electric Vehicles

And one of my favourite infographics:

The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense




  • jayfisher
    Posted July 29, 2007 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    On one level I appreciate your idea of a war on bullshit. We all get frustrated with what we think is bullshit. But did it ever occur to you that this war might itself be bullshit?

    You make a distinction between the truth and bullshit (a la Harry G. Frankfurt at Princeton and his book “On Bullshit”). But I would contend that the truth is merely bullshit that someone has convinced himself or others is not bullshit. It’s the ultimate bullshit in that sense, because it blinds people to its nature as bullshit. The truth, I think, is merely a prejudice so fundamental one is unable to see it.

    This is an unhappy thought for many people, because it’s nice to have black and white distinctions (truth/bullshit). It’s nice to have solid ground to stand on. But I submit that the world is a lot more complicated and unstable of a place than that and one needs to be very careful what prejudices of one’s own one is invoking when labeling another person’s position or statements bullshit.

  • Posted July 29, 2007 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

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  • iamgenevieve
    Posted July 30, 2007 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Already, I can see myself really beginning to love this Blog…

  • Victor
    Posted July 30, 2007 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Response to Getting the BS out of Grading:

    3 years ago I would have whole heartedly agreed, but that was before I began the transition from idealist to the cynic I am today.

    Life is bullshit, schools are where we learn to deal with that fact. The pseudo-objective grading systems used in colleges and high schools effectively prepare you for the fact that you will NEVER be judged objectively. When asking for a raise at your job your boss will make his/her decision based on a highly subjective assessment of you performance. Not a carefully constructed comparison of your productivity compared to that of your coworkers. When selling a product, it doesn’t matter if your product is better; the one that is marketed best will sell. The only way to achieve absolute objectivity is for us, humans, to become entirely objective. This will never happen. Yes grades do not you knowledge of the subject matter; but instead they measure your abilities at LIFE. In essays, the ability to make yourself sound smarter than you are. In multiple choice tests, your ability to make educated guesses. In presentations, your ability to convey a message to groups of people. All of these things are necessary for conventional success. True, some people do not need school to learn these things and those are the people you mentioned who succeeded without finishing school. Grades are bullshit, life is too.

    quityerbitchin… 2.0!

  • XRO
    Posted August 6, 2007 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    damn brother sing it to the rafters, to the sky, to the xsphere and beyond the cosmic rays and solar radiations of our tiny lil sun

    i want to hear them burn, them speakers!

    praise be and carry on, you r doin a FANTASTIC job

  • Raymond Stolp
    Posted August 7, 2007 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    “I am your nurse… and you are my hospital.”
    Raymond Stolp, 2003


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